“She knew this transition was not about becoming someone better, but about finally allowing herself to become who she’d always been.” – Amy Rubin
Who I Am
My purpose in life is to impact the lives of others. Now, I understand this may seem ridiculous and rather overly confident, but I believe I can make a difference in someone’s life. Upon receiving my BA in English and American Language and Literature from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, I had every intent on becoming an educator. However, upon graduating, I found myself drawn to a library assistant position at a private institution in Knoxville.
My time there was a most rewarding experience which led me to pursue additional education and training by beginning my graduate studies in Information Science and accepting a similar position at another institution. There, I would gain professional guidance from a librarian, an opportunity my previous job could not provide, as well as a unique opportunity to utilize the resources gained through my schooling to assist many adult learners in becoming confident, self-sufficient professionals.
In our tech-heavy society, many adult learners are still attempting to catch up with rapidly growing technology trends, but struggle to comprehend how to use and interpret the various types of electronic content. Attending the School of Information Sciences program at the University of Tennessee afforded me the foundational knowledge and skills, as well as enhanced specialization in academic librarianship for a non-traditional setting.
My Graduate Studies
This ePortfolio stands as an illustration of my growth as an information professional as well as showcases my efforts to provide resources and tools for patrons to produce confident, lifelong learners.
In support of my professional goal, I established the following learning objectives:
- Provide instruction on information literacy in a virtual atmosphere to broaden the range of information obtainable for adult patrons of varying levels of education and technical knowledge.
- Design a collection so that adult patrons of varying education and technical knowledge can easily navigate and retrieve information relevant to their information needs.
- Analyze, evaluate and implement methodologies that better support the needs of adult patrons, to improve usability and user satisfaction of digital resources.
My time with the school has been more rewarding than I could have ever imagined. I have come away with a concrete knowledge of the concepts and principles that are beneficial in supporting the needs of all patrons but even more specifically addressing the needs of adult learners. As well, my personal experiences communicate how proficient I have become in creating and promoting services and collections that focus on the needs of my patron body but also support the services of my current library of employment.
Being an information professional is more than a career to me. It is a passion and commitment that I have made to help others become more aware of the information around them, understand how it is used, and be able to determine the usefulness of resources for themselves. My professional preparation through the coursework in the UTK-MSIS program paralleled with my experience in the field, has afforded me the ability to illustrate my competencies and preparedness to grow in my career as an information professional.